Saturday, December 25, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
April really is an artist. She illustrated the delightful pictures in Mindy's video,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
- 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans, divided (I use walnuts )
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup pecans.
- Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 235 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread published in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p46
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
We walked along the beach at the Hotel Del Coronado, looked at sea creatures, watched planes coming in and got our feet wet in the golden sand. It really looks like gold in the water. We walked through the hotel were we saw movie memorabilia from the famous film "Some Like it Hot", which was shot there.
We walked through Coronado village and went to one of my favorite places is called Seaside Papery. Of course they sell invitations and lovely cards,The window display is WOW (see HERE) and the butterflies are amazing.
After lunch, we drove to Old Town San Diego to visit the Mormon Battallion. It has been closed for quite a while and just recently reopened. All I can say is WOW! Glad to know my tithing is going to something cool. The Church really stepped it up a couple of notches...like Disneyland status. Drama's favorite part was trying on costumes and panning for gold (pyrite).
From the Mormon Battalion we walk down Old Town and bought more over priced candy. I mean, seriously. I paid over $3 for stupid gum on a roll for Drama and $6.50 for a handful of Dr. Pepper jelly beans. They were, however, DELISH!
By now lunch has long worn off and it's time for our last stop- IKEA. We were dorm shopping for Sweet Pea, looking for some awesome deals. Our big score of the day was spice jars to hold my buttons and wrapping paper, 3 rolls for 99 cents! But the real deal was dinner. Have you ever had those IKEA meatballs? Yummy! Sweet Pea and I split a plate of those tasty dudes. Drama also had the meatballs, of course, with a side of mac & cheese. Remind me to tell you the story of when he order mac & cheese, with 2 sides of man & cheese at Claim Jumpers.
So, our orphans trip out turn out to be really fun. Our tummies were full, pocket books empty and legs tires, but we were happy.
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